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The golden key to success is cooperations

January 26, 2011

I do not understand all the hoopla over the Americana at Brand and the Golden Key Hotel.

Rick Caruso built the Americana on land that the Glendale Redevelopment Agency essentially gave to him. Ray Patel's Golden Key Hotel was not part of that land deal. Instead, he and his employees put up with years of inconveniences during the building process.

This process also allegedly drove a recording studio out of business ("Caruso lawsuit plot thickens," Jan. 22).

If Caruso wanted this piece of land, why didn't he buy it from various owners at the start of the project? Were the prices too high at the time?

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Frankly, having a hotel within walking distance of the Americana and the Glendale Galleria is a plus for both businesses. People can come to town on business and in the evening walk to restaurants or convenient shops.

Is this a problem?

Janice Drugan

Glendale

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